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6 Moves Jennifer Garner Used to Train for Her Latest Action Hero Role

It's not your imagination: Jennifer Garner has been looking strong and fierce lately, and it's thanks to an intense training regimen for her new action-hero role as a badass vigilante in the upcoming movie Peppermint (out in theaters early September 2018). 

Garner previously shared an epic homemade training montage video on Instagram to show exactly how she got in ass-kicking shape, including some of her time spent with celeb trainer and Aussie fitness star Simone De La Rue, creator of Body By Simone and the new BBS app. Her dance-inspired method incorporates bodyweight moves, light resistance training, and high-intensity cardio blasts, and is a favorite of stars such as Sandra Bullock and Chrissy Teigen, too.

Just because they're bodyweight doesn't mean they're easy. De La Rue shared six of the toughest moves she used to train Garner for the role. Give them a try, and see if you could handle a heroine's workout.

 

How it works: Start with 10 star jumps, then do the following moves below for the indicted number of reps. Do 10 star jumps in between each exercise.

Total Time: up to 30 minutes

You will need: Free weights, Sliding discs, Towel

1. Star Jump

A.

Stand with feet together and arms by sides.

B.

Bend knees then jump, swinging arms overhead and opening legs to form an "X" shape with arms and legs. 

C.

Land softly with feet together. 

Reps:

10

2. Total Side Shaper

A.

Lie on the left side with right leg stacked over left, balancing on the left elbow with the forearm perpendicular to body and right arm extended toward the ceiling to start.

B.

Lift right leg up about a foot, hold for a second, then lower to return to starting position.

Reps:

30 per side

3. Single-Towel Slider

A.

Start in a high plank position with shoulders stacked over wrists and a towel or slider under the left foot. Keeping the left leg straight and hips and shoulders square, slide right foot out to the side as far as possible, as if trying to touch left knee to left elbow. Slide left foot back to return to starting position.

Sets:

3

Reps:

8 to 10 per side

4. Australian Twist

A.

Sit on the floor with feet flat and knees pointing toward the ceiling, holding a dumbbell horizontally in both hands in front of chest. Lift feet and balance on tailbone so shins are parallel to the floor to start.

B.

Keeping hips and knees square, slowly rotate torso to the right, lowering dumbbell to tap the floor. Return to center, then repeat on the other side. Continue alternating.

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 per side

5. Wonder Woman Pose

A.

Start in a high plank position with shoulders stacked over wrists.

B.

Engage core and lift the right foot and left hand off the floor, extending left arm forward with biceps next to left ear. Hold for 1 second.

C.

Carefully lower the left hand and right foot to high plank to return to starting position. Repeat with the right hand and left foot.

Reps:

8 per side

6. Handstand Butt Kick

A.

Start crouching with feet directly to the left of a mat, hands on the mat shoulder-width apart and parallel to the front of the mat.

B.

Lean forward to put weight into palms, and hop off the floor over the center of the mat, shifting hips directly overhead and kicking heels to tap glutes.

C.

With control, lower feet to land in a crouch on the right side of the mat. Repeat, going from right to left.

Reps:

10

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